Day 2 & Conference Dinner 

Heritage Trust Network Conference 2021

Friday 19th November, 9am to 4.30pm

Join us in Coventry for a day of workshops in the Drapers’ Hall, followed by our Conference Dinner at 7pm

Throughout the day we will offer a range of workshops run by our sponsors, partners and selected speakers, they will be highly interactive and we hope will combat over a year of looking at screens! Our goal is that by the end of the day you will know everyone else at the event.

We will also be offering 30 minute, 1-2-1 sessions throughout the day with selected sponsors, who will be able to answer your queries and advise on your project. These will be provided by CFP Ltd, a specialist parks, green space and heritage consultancy, and Buttress Architects where attendees can choose to speak with a conservation architect and heritage consultant.

When you book your tickets, you will be sent a form to sign up for all the workshops, tours and 1-2-1 sessions that you would like to attend.

Download the programme using the button to the right to see the format for the day, topics and speakers.

Financial support for conference:
If you need financial help to attend our conference this year (ie. if you are a student, currently unemployed or in the early stages of your career and need help with travel/accommodation) please get in touch with to access a support bursary generously provided by Buttress Architects (typically up to £100).

Conference Dinner, 7pm

We are delighted to be holding our Conference Dinner in the newly opened Metropolis restaurant, a training initiative operated by PET-Xi Training. The building is located immediately behind our main venue, Drapers’ Hall and is owned by Historic Coventry Trust. We will welcome you with an arrival drink and an opportunity to explore an upstairs exhibition on the history of Coventry and the City of Culture year 2021. A lift is available within the building.

We are delighted to have the Chair of Historic Coventry Trust, Ian Harrabin, welcoming everyone at the beginning of our evening.

Starter – Chicken Caesar Salad
Main – Cashew Roast (VE), served with vegan dauphinoise potatoes, charred broccolini, carrot puree and an onion gravy
Dessert – Vanilla stuffed Chocolate Sphere with a hot caramel sauce
(this is the primary menu, all dietary requirements will be accommodated)

We are very grateful to the sponsors of our Conference Dinner, Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers.

More about our venue – the Drapers’ Hall, Coventry 

The Grade II* listed Drapers’ Hall is the finest Regency building in the city and was built in 1832 by the Drapers Guild as a place to entertain Coventry’s high society.  The building has been preserved unused by the Council whilst awaiting a new use for over 30 years and is a time capsule of Regency splendour.  Historic Coventry Trust have been granted a 250-year lease by the Council and will manage the building as a home for Coventry Music Service and a music and events venue.

The major restoration project has been supported by the Prince’s Foundation as one of seven projects for the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday. Funding has been provided by the Council through its Cultural Capital programme for UK City of Culture with substantial support from, and funding from, Arts Council England and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, via the Government’s Local Growth Fund and the Getting Building Fund.

Further funding has been provided by Garfield Weston Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Foyle Foundation, the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation, Swire Charitable Trust, London and Coventry Drapers Guilds, Alan Edward Higgs Charity, 29th May 61 Charitable Trust, Backstage Trust, Architectural Heritage Fund and Allchurches Trust.

Dr Geoff Willcocks, Vice-Chair of Historic Coventry Trust, said: “As a heritage development trust, the purpose of Historic Coventry Trust is to restore the city’s historic buildings and put them back to work for the benefit of its people. Drapers’ Hall is a perfect example of how we do this.

“Empty and without a purpose for over 30 years, this building now has a function that will see it making a positive impact on the lives of those living in the city.